6-run 9th inning propels Rangers over Athletics

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Sean Doolittle allowed a three-run homer to J.P. Arencibia during a six-run ninth inning, and the Oakland Athletics lost 6-1 to the last-place Texas Rangers on Wednesday night. It was the fourth blown save in 25 chances for Doolittle (1-4) this season. The bearded closer's meltdown on the mound negated a stellar start by Jeff Samardzija and ended Oakland...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Mascot Pranks J.P. Arencibia with Pic of Texans Cheerleader

Orbit, the Houston Astros mascot, retaliated against Texas Rangers infielder J.P. Arencibia by making a poster with his face on the body of a Houston Texans cheerleader. The prank battle has been going on between the two for a couple of weeks now and according to Yard Barker the battle continued when Arencibia posted a flick in the locker room showing the mascot sporting a Cowboys...
Via BlackSportsOnline
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros mascot pranks JP Arencibia with photoshop

Houston Astros mascot Orbit got revenge on Texas Rangers infielder J.P. Arencibia by photoshopping his face on the body of a Houston Texans cheerleader and displaying it on the scoreboard prior to Friday night's game at Minute Maid Park.Orbit's retaliation was in response Arencibia posting unflattering photos in the locker rooms showing the Astros mascot wearing a Dallas...
Via Holdout Sports
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers First Baseman J.P. Arencibia Pitches Scoreless Inning (Video)

Texas Rangers first baseman J.P. Arencibia used to catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey during his days with the Toronto Blue Jays. Arencibia must’ve learned a thing or two from the 2012 National League CY Young Award winner because he was throwing some nasty pitches earlier this week. The Tampa Bay Rays held a commanding 10-1 lead over the Rangers in the ninth inning of Wednesday...
August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia tossed a scoreless inning

J.P. Arencibia has proven to be not much of a hitter with a career .208 batting average and .662 OPS, but last night the 28-year-old catcher/first baseman made his pitching debut for the Rangers and looked pretty decent.
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Arencibia becomes 3rd Rangers position player to pitch

J.P. Arencibia became the third (!!!!!) position player to take the hill for the Texas Rangers this year, following in the footsteps of Mitch Moreland fellow backstop Chris Gimenez. And boy, it was bizarre. . It’s worth noting that Gimenez was designated for assignment by the Rangers and assigned to AAA, while Moreland is on the 60-day DL following ankle surgery. That’s not...
Via The Outside Corner
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

J.P. Arencibia pitched on Wednesday night, and it was weird

J.P. Arencibia became the third (!!!!!) position player to take the hill for the Texas Rangers this year, following in the footsteps of Mitch Moreland fellow backstop Chris Gimenez. And boy, it was bizarre. . It’s worth noting that Gimenez was designated for assignment by the Rangers and assigned to AAA, while Moreland is on the 60-day DL following ankle surgery. That’s not...
Via Bloguin Best
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Arencibia, Claudio pitching bright spots for Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas - All you need to know about Wednesday's Texas Rangers game against Tampa Bay was there was some debate about which position player was going to pitch the ninth. The call went to J.P. Arencibia over a lobbying Mike Carp. Arencibia became the 35th pitcher the Rangers have used this season, following up No. 34 Alex Claudio's scoreless eighth inning in a dreadful...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros mascot trolls Rangers Arencibia during game

Texas Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia appears to have a rivalry brewing with a notable figure of another MLB team. No, it isn't Jeff Samardzija of the A's, or even Albert Pujols of the Angels. It is none other than Orbit, the green, furry mascot of the Houston Astros. The quarrel between the two appeared to begin in the fourth inning of Saturday night's game when Arencibia...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Arencibia lands nutshot to Astros mascot from on-deck circle (VIDEO)

Most major leaguers know about the Houston Astros mascot's penchant for distracting opposing batters warming up before stepping up to the plate, but J.P. Arencibia wasn't having any of it Saturday night.While Orbit loomed behind the on-deck circle, the Rangers first baseman decided to take matters into his own hands, so to speak, by using his bat to poke the annoying alien...
Via The Other Paper
August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Astros mascot attempts to heckle Rangers player but gets hit in crotch instead

Lessons were learned when Houston Astros mascot, Orbit, was up to his usual heckling in Saturday night's intrastate matchup. But Texas Rangers first baseman J.P. Arencibia was not down with being bullied, and Orbit ended up getting hit in the crotch instead. As Arencibia entered the on-deck circle in the fourth inning of the game, Orbit attempted to get him rattled from...
Via The Sports Daily
August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Don't Mess With JP Arencibia

((HT: do what mascots do- including messing with the opposing team DURING THE GAME!Evidence below with revenge includedYour browser does not support iframes.See...???We told you, Orbit...
Via Online Sports Guys
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Don’t Forget About J.P. Arencibia

A fantasy baseball season is a grind for the long haul. Injuries and roster moves can torment a fantasy owner. It’s a good thing there are a ton of players in the pool and that our friends at have taken a look at potential sleepers for the week of August 4th.  Enjoy! With the trade deadline […] The post Weekly Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Don’t Forget About...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers come close but awful July continues

ARLINGTON, Texas - If you're looking for a highlight to describe July for the Texas Rangers all you have to is watch one play in the top of the sixth inning of Tuesday's game. It was on that play that a fly ball that would have put an end to an already bad inning hit off the glove of right fielder Alex Rios. It then plunked centerfielder Leonys Martin in the head, allowing...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Arencibia homers, Rangers beat Blue Jays

TORONTO (AP) - J.P. Arencibia hit a three-run homer against his former team, Yu Darvish matched his season high with 12 strikeouts and the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1 on Friday night. Adrian Beltre added a solo homer as the Rangers snapped their season-high, eight-game losing streak and won for just the second time in 13 road games. Promoted from Triple-A Round Rock...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers Designate Northeastern Alum Carlos Peña For Assignment

Texas Rangers first baseman Carlos Peña was designated for assignment Thursday after only 18 games with the team. Peña struggled in those games, going 8-for-59 (.136) with 11 strikeouts. With the move the Rangers recalled J.P. Arencibia from Triple-A, adding a fourth catcher to their 25-man roster. Though Peña lived in the Dominican Republic until he was 12 years old, he has...
July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers demote J.P. Arencibia to Triple-A

Earlier this week Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia spoke out about what he believed was unfair treatment by the Toronto media back when he was with the Blue Jays, suggesting that “the media made me out to be a monster” and that played a part in his being let go. He might have to come up with a similar theory for the Texas media now, because today the Rangers demoted Arencibia...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia still bitter about treatment in Toronto

Former Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia said Saturday that unfavourable media coverage in Toronto contributed to the organization’s decision to release him at the end of last season. “I learned the media controls a lot of things and the only question that you guys were writing in the off-season was what they were going to do behind the plate, when obviously the pitching was...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

J.P. Arencibia nearly tumbles into camera well chasing foul ball (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes.Texas Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia nearly tumbled into a camera well while trying to catch a foul popup during Monday night's game against Seattle.It happened in the top of the sixth with one out and two men on as Mariners batter Dustin Ackley popped up a 3-1 pitch into foul territory. Arencibia appeared to make the catch, but the ball...
Via Holdout Sports
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers manager still hot about transfer rule after ejection

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers manager Ron Washington knew he would be ejected for arguing a call overturned by replay review, but he had a point to make. His point: the new interpretation of the transfer rule has to be changed. "I understand what the rule is," Washington said. "But we've got to do something about it." Washington came out of the dugout Monday...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

On J.P. Arencibia

While considering J.P. Arencibia for my Hacking Mass team on Baseball Prospectus, I wondered how he managed to get 497 plate appearances with a .227 on-base percentage. After a quick spin of the Baseball-Reference Play Index, we find that only one person in baseball history had a season with more plate appearances and a lower on-base percentage than J.P. Arencibia in 2013.That was...
Via BAseball Reality Tour
April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Contenders in Need of Catcher Upgrades

I was happy to see former University of Tennessee star catcher JP Arencibia in a Texas Rangers uniform earlier this week.  Following the loss of AJ Pierzynski, Texas needed a full-time catcher that wouldn’t break their budget and Arencibia is still just 28 and has hit 62 home runs since he began as Toronto’s full time catcher.  That homer total is good for fourth best among...
Via Off The Bench
April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers Catcher JP Arencibia with Killer Tim Kurkjian Impression on ESPN

We’re big Timmy Kurkjian fans here at The Legend. Great baseball insight. Passionate guy. And, perhaps most importantly, not a guy who takes himself too seriously. There’s a lot to be said for humility and the ability to laugh at oneself…particularly when someone’s riffing off your schtick. As a side note, this was one of our favorite Kurkjian explosions of all time. So...
Via Legend of Cecilio Guante
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

J.P. Arencibia's Tim Kurkjian impression is back

One of the most underrated parts of MLB Spring Training is the never-ending barrage of players doing impressions of ESPN MLB reporter Tim Kurkjian. When Baseball Tonight was at Rangers camp on Wednesday, Texas catcher J.P. Arencibia brought a spring tradition with him from the Blue Jays to the Rangers - his Tim Kurkjian impression. The impression gained popularity in 2012 and blew...
Via Awful Announcing
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: JP Arencibia does segment as Tim Kurkjian

YouTube J.P. Arencibia turned the baseball world on end last spring training with an on-point impersonation of ESPN’s Tim Kurkijian.  The then-Blue Jays catcher doing a fine line spoof is now a Rangers catcher doing a whole segment on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight. The impression is really good.  And it’s better that Kurkjian is watching and laughing like a little school girl.
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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